Sunday, September 19 at 2:00 pm: Concert Series: Traditional Klezmer Music

GreenmanEnjoy a free concert of traditional East European and Jewish music. Violinist Steven Greenman and accordion player Walt Mahovlich are known for their passionate performances of folk music combined with virtuoso flair and technical precision.

No Registration required for this all-ages program.

Greenman is a multi-talented musician well-versed in a multitude of musical styles and genres, and is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish Klezmer violin music in the world today.

Mahovlich has played extensively at traditional events throughout the US and Canada and has made tours of Europe. His career has included performances at the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural, and the Rededication of Ellis Island, and has played in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Concerts at the library are generously supported by the Friends of Kent Free Library.

Free Rapid Covid Tests Available at Drive-Thru

OUT OF TESTS as of 10:30 AM on September 15, 2021. We will post when more are available.

Kent Free Library now offers free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Tests, while supplies last.  These tests are provided through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. Individuals needing a test should note the following:

  • The tests are free and offered first come, first served
  • The supply is limited, so it is advisable to call the library to check on availability; tests cannot be reserved
  • Limit of four tests may be picked up at one time
  • Drive-thru pickup only; wearing a mask is required to pick up a test
  • Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist you with these tests. The video below explains the process.  The test kit contains directions.  For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.
  • For proof of test result, you must perform the test step-by-step with a virtual proctor, using a computer or other device with internet access, a camera, and a microphone to complete. You will need to create an account using the NAVICA smartphone app or at  After creating an account, go to to start a testing session.
    • Individuals may not come into the library to take a test. Library computers do not have the necessary camera and microphone access.
  • The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days.  Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.
  • Opened or unopened tests may not be returned.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit to learn more.

Monday, September 20 at 7:00 pm: Film Series on Van Gogh

Continue your journey through the fascinating life of Vincent Van Gogh at a showing of the 2017 Good Deed Entertainment Studios film, Loving Vincent. Light refreshments provided during the film. No registration required. For adults ages 18+.

Before the film, check out our “paint by sticker” poster in the cafe featuring Van Gogh’s sunflowers and help us create a masterpiece!

Wednesday, September 8: Craft Supply Swap

Has your craft table disappeared under an avalanche leftover craft supplies? Let your cast-offs become someone else’s treasure! As part of the Adult Services celebration of Art in September, stop by the meeting room anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to donate your unwanted, gently used craft supplies and take home new treasures! Take home up to one bag full of supplies, whether you donated supplies or not. All items left at the end of the day will be donated to the Kent Free Library and Goodwill. No registration required. For adults ages 18+.

Tuesday, September 7: Youth Fall Programs Begin

Look for an exciting line up of fall programs for children of all ages, tweens, and teens starting Tuesday, September 7.  The library will offer a variety of story times, plus book clubs, STEAM activities, and crafts.  Get ready for some new programs, too!

Thursday, September 2 at 7:00 pm: Totally Rad

As part of the Adult Services celebration of Art in September, we invite you to meet Jeff Katzin, Assistant Curator at the Akron Art Museum, to learn about the artwork, inspirations, and behind-the-scenes preparations that shaped the Museum’s current exhibitions celebrating rad and radical creativity from the 1980s.

No registration required. For adults ages 18+

September: Art Theme for Adult Programs

The library is planning an exciting line up of adult programs in September, all around the theme of art!  Enjoy presentations by Akron Art Museum Assistant Curator Jeff Katzin about their Totally Rad art exhibit and by art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman about Van Gogh.  Get rid of old supplies and refresh your stash at our Craft Supply Swap.  Play “art trivia” and paint Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  Enjoy an artsy concert of traditional Klezmer music with Steven Greenman and Walt Mahovlich.

All the adult book clubs, including a new one exploring different genres, will also take place in September!

Look for details soon!

Saturday, August 21: Friends of KFL Donation Drive

Friends of Kent Free Library volunteers will be in the library parking lot on Saturday, August 21 from 10:00 – 2:00 to accept your donations right from the trunk of your car.

Acceptable items include:

  • Popular fiction in hardback and paperback
  • New non-fiction (generally published within the last 2-3 years)
  • Gently used children’s books
  • DVDs, CDs, and unabridged audiobooks on CD
  • Local history items related to Kent

The Friends cannot accept:

  • Items in poor physical condition. This includes items that are yellowed, dirty, torn, missing pages or cover, brittle pages, mildewed or otherwise hazardous to someone’s health, excessive highlighting or handwriting, and scratched or worn audiovisual items
  • Textbooks
  • Mail order catalogs
  • Magazines (except Craft, Gardening, Cooking or Hobby subjects from the current year)
  • Encyclopedias, full or partial sets
  • Condensed/Abridged books, including Reader’s Digest
  • Cassettes (audio or video)

Saturday, July 31 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Bring the Farm to You and Penguin Ice Cream

Families with children of all ages, are invited to join us for a special visit from real life farm animals! Interact with chickens, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, sheep goats and more from 2:00 – 3:00 pm! Penguin Ice Cream will also be here from 1:00 – 3:00 pm dishing up eight different ice cream flavors and toppings! This event will be held outside in the grassy area surrounding the library parking lot. Ice cream will be available on a first come first served basis.

Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 pm: Story Slam: Telling Tails

Enjoy an evening of live, in-person story telling about our intricate relationships with animals. Story tellers of all experience levels are invited to prepare a 10 minute or less true story about a time when they had an encounter with a non-human creature that affected their life or understanding of the world. Subject matter and language of stories should be appropriate for a general audience. The order of storytellers will be at random and as many as possible will be included during the program. Those wishing to just listen are welcome. For adults ages 18+. No registration required.